Friday, 25 November 2011

Barn Owl Rimington

Just before we drove into Rimington last night we saw the pale outline of an owl in a tree. Reversed as thought it looked odd - owl sized but skinny! Reversed and could clearly see it was a Barn Owl with a lovely heart shaped face. It looked very indignant to be spotted and took off gracefully flying low over the field. Also nearly ran over a tiny weasel that ran into the road.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tree Sparrows and Buzzards

We have recently started getting Tree Sparrows in the garden, usually about four at a time. They are quite striking with their chestnut crowns and black cheek patches. We got  a Brambling too but I think it was just passing through. On a recent walk we saw some odd but spectacular behaviour by Buzzards. We heard one calling and spotted a pair, but as we watched more flew in until there were at least twelve all wheeling on the thermals, calling and having the occasional light skirmish. Birds would fly in and then out again seemingly in pairs, so wondered if it was juveniles pairing off. We have never seen so many Buzzards all at once and they looked stunning against the bright blue sky with the sun on their feathers.

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

Goldfinches regularly visit for Niger Seed

Woodpeckers are regular visitors

Brambling, just seen it the once

Browsholme Hall and Lakeside Walk

Went to the farmers market at Browsholme Hall and had a walk around the lake. Got some lovely photos of Common Darter Dragonflies basking in the sun near a marshy area and stream.

Lake at Browshome Hall

Female Common Darter

Male Common Darter